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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

FAQs Answered on the New Inpatient Internet Addiction Recovery Program at BRMC

I have received several calls from people looking for referrals to the new inpatient program on Internet Addictioin recovery at the Bradford Regional Medical Center. Here are some answers:
What are your recovery principles?
At BRMC, we offer unique and specialized treatment methods for Internet addiction recovery. We view the Internet as a productive tool and unlike other addiction rehab that use traditional abstinence models, we focus on healthy choices that you can make about your own Internet use. We teach you how to go on a digital diet so that you can learn to use technology in responsible ways that add to your life. Family support and involvement is also strongly encouraged.

How can someone get help?
The first step is to determine if there is a problem. A licensed psychologist or social worker trained in identification and treatment of Internet addiction can effectively perform an assessment to determine what level of care is most appropriate. Please call 1-800-446-2583 to speak to a professional.

Who can refer someone to the program?
We welcome referrals from psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, case managers, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), insurance companies, managed care organizations, MH/MRs, children & youth, probation, friends, family members, self-referrals, and clergy. Referrals are confidential and can be made by anyone. BRMC does not discriminate in accepting patients based on ethnic or national origin, race, religion, disability, age or gender. If you would like further information, please call 1-800-446-2583.

Will my insurance company pay for services?
Unfortunately, Internet addiction is not a recognized disorder covered by insurance. We do provide additional Payment Information on our program and details on methods of payment.

Who has to know about my hospitalization?
Only the people you authorize will know about your hospitalization and these people will receive only the information that is necessary for them to continue your care or to give you support once you are discharged.
How long will I stay?
Your time in the hospital depends on what your individual needs are. This is a 10-day program but additional time can be accommodated depending on your therapeutic need. Your individualized treatment plan focuses on what can be accomplished in the shortest periods of time. With this as a foundation for progress, you can continue treatment in an outpatient setting.

Call 24 Hours a Day – 1-800-446-2583

Saturday, September 07, 2013

New Internet Addiction Inpatient Treatment and Recovery Program at BRMC

By now the news has been released that we have opened the new Internet Addiction Treatment and Recovery Program at the Bradford Regional Medical Center in Bradford, PA. We are excited to be part of this historic event, as the first program of its kind in the U.S. It is heart-felt for me to see my life's work become a reality and to hopefully build a program that will help many in need.

Internet Addiction
Contact us 1-800-446-2583
116 Interstate Parkway
Bradford, PA 16701
The Internet Addiction Program is a part of the Behavioral Health Services Dual Diagnosis Unit at Bradford Regional Medical Center in Bradford, PA. The Internet Addiction Treatment and Recovery Program offers counseling and treatment for adults 18 years of age and older, the program is for those who have been unsuccessful overcoming the excessive use of the internet and electronic gaming on their own. The program involves a voluntary ten-day stay within a secure and dedicated patient unit. Internet addiction is any online-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one’s work environment. Internet Addiction has been called internet dependency and internet compulsiveness. By any name, it is a compulsive behavior that completely dominates the addicts’ life. Internet addicts make the internet a priority more important than family, friends, and work. The internet becomes the organizing principle of addicts’ lives. They are willing to sacrifice what they cherish most in order to preserve and continue their behavior.

We are committed to helping patients develop a healthier lifestyle free from addiction and abuse of electronic media.

The service is the first hospital based recovery program in the United States, and offers the first ever Digital Device Treatment Program in the nation.Our expert clinicians understand technology related behavioral addictions. They work with individuals, couples, and families to help them better understand and recover from an internet, video gaming or technology related behavioral addiction.
This inpatient program provides individual, group and family therapy through a unique, individualized treatment plan, of which aftercare planning, family and referral involvement are key components. Patients will be treated by a multidisciplinary team including psychiatrists, licensed psychologists, certified addiction counselors, psychiatric nurses, social workers, mental health therapists, case managers and support staff.
For seeking admissions to the program, please call the number above to receive our application.